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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
November 5, 2019 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)

Last week Forge FC won the inaugural Canadian Premier League Championship, the Arena Football League closed team services and business operations in their local markets, and Reign FC coach Vlatko Andonovski resigned his National Women's Soccer League position to take on the role of head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Premier League, Major League Soccer, XFL, Canadian Football League, Southern Professional Hockey League, American Hockey League, Western Hockey League and the United States Hockey League.

SOCCER

Canadian Premier League

Forge FC are the 2019 Canadian Premier League champions. The Hamilton outfit clawed their way to lifting the North Star Shield for the first time, as they downed Cavalry FC 1-0 at ATCO Field, Spruce Meadows, which added insurance to the 1-0 lead they earned a week prior at Tim Hortons Field. A late goal was the cherry on top for Forge, who took Finals 2019 2-0 on aggregate.

Here are the highlights:

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC midfielder Nick DeLeon with the game winning goal for Toronto FC to advance to the MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United FC. They will play against the Seattle Sounders on November 10th.

National Women's Soccer League

Reign FC announced that head coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned his position with Reign FC to take on the role of head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Andonovski will be introduced as the head coach of the U.S. Soccer Women's National Team at a press conference in New York City hosted by U.S. Soccer.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced additions and advancements to its salary cap structure and compensation guidelines for the 2020 season.

United Soccer League Championship

Fresno FC announces it's done in Fresno, ceasing operations. The lack of a soccer-specific stadium was the motivating factor in folding the team.

Hartford Athletic announced that the Club and Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen have mutually agreed to part ways.

USL San Diego introduced its official club name of San Diego Loyal Soccer Club, along with its crest design and colors, at a community event in downtown San Diego. The club is the newest member of USL Championship and will begin play in March 2020 at Torero Stadium on the campus of University of San Diego

United Soccer League One

USL League One announced on that North Texas SC's Eric Quill has been voted the 2019 League One Coach of the Year. Quill led the youngest squad in the league to a remarkable inaugural season that saw North Texas finish top of the league's regular season standings and raise the trophy after taking victory in the 2019 League One Final.

Arturo Rodriguez was named the 2019 League One Most Valuable Player by USL League One on Friday, capping a breakout campaign that saw the 20-year-old attacking midfielder lead his side to the league title in its inaugural season.

FOOTBALL

XFL

XFL's LA Wildcats President Heather Brooks Karatz on Why the XFL Won't Be Like the AAF

Canadian Football League

Great reception by Hamilton Tiger-Cats rookie wide receiver David Ungerer.

A wild punt fake pays off for the BC Lions, and Brandon Rutley celebrates with pumped-up coach Nik Lewis.

Arena Football League

The Arena Football League was forced to make the difficult, but necessary decision to close our team services and business operations units in our local markets.

Indoor Football League

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the return and partnership of the league's newest team, the Spokane Shock. During a press conference at the Spokane Arena, team ownership announced that the Spokane team will compete as members of the IFL for the 2020 season. The team will be owned by former NFL great and All-Pro Defensive Tackle Sam Adams. Spokane also introduced former IFL Coach of the Year Billy Back as the team's new Head Coach.

HOCKEY

Southern Professional Hockey League

Peoria Riverman forward Darren McCormick with an awesome goal.

American Hockey League

The Syracuse Crunch picked up three goals in under a minute against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, including two tallies just five seconds apart.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Flames prospect goalie Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips does the incredible to protect the net.

United States Hockey League

Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Danil Gushchin scored his FOURTH of the game, wins it in overtime and might have the goal of the year all in one play.

BASKETBALL

Women's National Basketball Association

The Women's National Basketball Association and the Women's National Basketball Players Association issued the following statement. "The WNBA and WNBPA have agreed to extend the current collective bargaining agreement for sixty days to December 31 and will continue discussions regarding a new agreement."

NBA G League

The National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) and the NBA G League announced the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement. The three-year agreement begins with the 2019-20 season, which tips off Nov. 8.

LACROSSE

Major League Lacrosse

In 2019 MLL saw a 16% increase in total attendance year-over-year. Four of MLL's teams experienced double-digit attendance growth.

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